Prefinished or Unfinished Hardwood Flooring – Which is Best?

So you have made up your mind and decided to go for hardwood flooring but now there’s a tougher choice to make, should you install the hardwood flooring with prefinished or unfinished coating? Let us discuss what makes them different from each other, and of course which option is the best for you.

Prefinished Hardwood Flooring

This is just like buying any piece of furniture. You select, pay and have it installed in just one go. Aside from having to prepare an underlayment before installation, there are no extra steps to take care of! Immediately after the flooring is ready, you can start moving in the rest of the furniture, enjoy the beauty of your new floor and use the room as it is.

Prefinished wood comes with factory-finished topcoat sealed onto the wood perfectly. They are thicker and are more protected from moisture damage, stains and all the daily wear and tear. Also, due to the fact that they are already prefinished, most of the time companies selling them will provide a much longer warranty than those flooring without coating. And guess what? With all these benefits over the unfinished hardwood flooring, they still cost less overall!

Unfinished Hardwood Flooring

Installing unfinished hardwood flooring may involve more work and hassles. That includes sanding, applying sealants, staining and waiting for it to dry. Your house might get dusty from the sanding job and will be covered with smells from the oils and sealants for some time.

Even though there are so many reasons to choose the prefinished option over this, it does not mean that unfinished hardwood flooring is not the right choice for you. As a matter of fact, when budget and time allows, most people would prefer to go for this instead.

Since staining the hardwood is done on site, you can have the professional installer produce the color and shade down to every last detail of your liking. Certain hardwood planks with exotic curves, width, length and of rare wood species are only available unfinished. Keep in mind that installing them can be a very time consuming and challenging task that involves professional skills and power tools. So I’d definitely recommend handing the job over to the experts. All things considered, going for unfinished hardwood flooring is more likely to offer you a better flooring experience than any other option.